Edward Llewellyn, Baron Llewellyn of Steep
|His Excellency the Right Honourable
The Lord Llewellyn of Steep
|Her Majesty's Ambassador to France|
9 November 2016
as Edward Llewellyn
|Prime Minister||Theresa May|
|Preceded by||Sir Julian King|
|Downing Street Chief of Staff|
11 May 2010 – 13 July 2016
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Jeremy Heywood|
|Succeeded by||Fiona Hill
|Born||23 September 1965|
|Alma mater||Eton College
New College, Oxford
Edward David Gerard Llewellyn, Baron Llewellyn of Steep, OBE, PC (born 23 September 1965) is Her Majesty's Ambassador to France. He took up the post on 9 November 2016. Formerly a British political adviser, he was the Downing Street Chief of Staff under former Prime Minister David Cameron.
Early life and career
He attended Eton College at the same time as Cameron, though Llewellyn was two years above him. Llewellyn left Eton in 1983 and spent a brief amount of time working at Conservative Central Office, before studying at New College, Oxford, where he was steward (i.e. president) of the College JCR. New College contemporaries included Rageh Omaar, Steve Hilton and Ian Katz.
After leaving Oxford, he was employed as an aide to former Governor Chris Patten in Hong Kong, as Patten's 'Chef de Cabinet' following Patten's appointment as a European Commissioner, and then to the former Liberal Democrat Leader Paddy Ashdown in his role as High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Chief of Staff to David Cameron
Following David Cameron's victory in the Conservative leadership election in December 2005, Llewellyn was hired to be Cameron's personal Chief of Staff in his capacity as Leader of the Opposition. Llewellyn continued in this role until 2010.
Negotiations over Coalition
He served as part of the Conservative negotiating team, along with George Osborne, William Hague and Oliver Letwin, when they were negotiating a possible deal with the Liberal Democrats after the 2010 General Election. Their negotiations were successful and they created the Conservative–Liberal Democrat coalition agreement leading to the formation of a coalition government.
Downing Street Chief of Staff
Cameron became Prime Minister and appointed Llewellyn to the post of the Downing Street Chief of Staff. In July 2011, several newspapers reported that Llewellyn asked Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner John Yates not to speak to Cameron about the News International phone hacking scandal.
E-mails released by Cameron's office showed Llewellyn's reply: "On the other matters that have caught your attention this week, assuming we are thinking of the same thing, I am sure you will understand that we will want to be able to be entirely clear, for your sake and ours, that we have not been in contact with you about this subject."
House of Lords
Ambassador to France
It was announced on 23 September 2016 that he would become Her Majesty's Ambassador to France, and it was reported that he will not sit in the House of Lords while serving as Ambassador. He took up the post on 9 November 2016, being referred to as Edward Llewellyn.
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|Downing Street Chief of Staff
Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy
Sir Julian King
|British Ambassador to France